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Thursday 26 November 2015
Champagne Masters 2015: the results

The fifth Champagne Masters highlighted a distinct upturn in quality in the wines of the 10 biggest brands. Here, we reveal the full results of the competition.

iDealwine auction report: The rise of the heir of Jayer

The nephew and protégé of legendary Vosne-Romanée winemaker Henri Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget has developed a reputation almost on a par with that of his illustrious uncle.

P&F steps up Slovenian wine ambitions

Slovenia’s biggest winemaker is building a reputation on the international stage despite being from “a country that no one knows, with regions no one knows and brands no one knows”, says its managing director.

Bordeaux: more than just premier crus

Take the first growths out of the equation and Bordeaux hasn’t actually suffered too badly in recent years.

Analysing beer and video game pairings

With Carlsberg releasing a beer celebrating the latest instalment of the Fallout franchise, a potentially effective trend for targeting millennial consumers through video games is emerging.


UK pub tax burden slammed by study

British pubs carry one of the heaviest tax burdens in the country, with each one paying an average of £140,000 in tax every year, according to a new report.

Camra names ‘Pub of the Year’ finalists

The four best pubs in the UK according to judges from the Campaign for Real Ale have been revealed, from which the Pub of the Year will be chosen in February.

Guinness opens experimental brewery to public

Guinness has announced the launch of a new visitor experience at its St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, giving the public access to its experimental brewery for the first time.

UK wholesaler scheme is ‘potentially deadly’

New British legislation to end alcohol tax fraud could lead to an explosion of underground bootleggers, job losses in the industry and even deaths, according to legal experts.

Australian Women in Wine Awards 2015

Recognising women in the industry is key to encouraging a fair environment for people of all backgrounds, ages or genders in winemaking.

by Simone Madden-Grey

Soil and wine: a seminar with Pedro Parra

Terroir specialist Pedro Parra is convinced that it's possible to taste the impact of soil when blind tasting wines. by Simone Madden-Grey

Wine on the Chinese Silk Road

With an exclusive translation of the summary of Sherry Weng's book The Wine & Culture Journey of The China Silk Road, the author takes a special look at winemaking and wine tourism in Gansu Province. by db_staff

A checklist for the new Bud Light, Coors Light and Heineken ads

Three of the country's biggest beers will soon unveil new ads created by agencies with no history on the brand. That's a lot of inexperience! by Dan Fox
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Scottish scientists reduce ‘angel’s share’

A team of scientists at Edinburgh Napier University has received an award for developing a whisky barrel that reduces the share of spirit lost to evaporation, known as the “angel’s share”.

Whisky retailer launches ‘pick-and-mix’ advent calendar

Online whisky specialist Master of Malt has launched a ‘pick-and-mix’ advent calendar, which can be chosen from its 4,000-strong collection of spirits.

Diageo unveils ‘weird and wonderful’ whisky arm

Diageo has launched an experimental whisky arm tasked with producing “unorthodox, weird and wonderful whiskies”.

Rise in single malt exports boosts Scotch

There is now clear evidence that the recent decline in Scotch whisky is slowing, says the SWA, with the volume of exports down by 3% – half last year’s decline.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

British wine writers have been feeling the chill this week, as they devoted their efforts to finding “fleshy, full-bodied” wines and “flashy” festive treats to savour in the cold weather.

Top 10 wines in the US press

With thoughts turning to Thanksgiving celebrations next week, it’s no surprised that US wine writers were this week recommending their top pours to match with turkey.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

British wine writers went all-out in search of good value wines this week, with discount retailers and Asda’s celebrated Wine Atlas range making a strong showing.

The week in pictures

Robert De Niro, flying pigs, Rioja, royalty and the 225th anniversary of one of the Douro’s oldest Port producers – it’s all in a week’s work for the drinks trade.

Top 10 sommelier winespeak cartoons

A US-based sommelier has struck a blow for clarity by creating a series of witty drawings to represent abstract wine descriptions.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

British wine writers were tucking in to some special non-vintage reds, subtle Aussie drops and ranking the best value Bordeaux this week.

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Fine Wine

Fine wine in focus: Spain

Spain’s fine wines have never exactly wowed on the secondary market but beneath the lack of standout headlines their performance is far from woeful.

Jessen joins HK Burgundy specialist

Michael Jessen, formerly of Wally’s Auctions, has joined Hong Kong-based Burgundy specialist, Pearl of Burgundy.

Sotheby’s offers 100 years of fine wine

Sotheby’s is set to offer a bottle of 1903 Lafite as part of its next London sale this December.

HDH to hold biggest sale of 2015

Chicago-based fine wine auctioneer, Hart Davis Hart, has said it will host the “largest wine auction of 2015” next month.


Roberson ditches big name Champagnes

Independent wine merchant Roberson has culled all of the big name Champagnes from its website in order to focus solely on grower Champagnes.

Champagne proving a sparkling investment

A flurry of new releases has seen Champagne put in a strong performance on Liv-ex this year, buoyed by the likes of Dom Pérignon, Pol Roger and Cristal.

Top English fizz ‘like great grower Champagne’

England’s top sparkling wines are more similar in character and style to grower Champagnes than Grandes Marques according to one UK producer.

Tesco relaunches cheap Xmas fizz

UK retailer Tesco has relaunched its sub-£10 Champagne offer in time for the Christmas season, with Louis Delaunay Brut on offer for £9 per bottle.

DP leads ‘unprecedented’ bidding at Wally’s auction

Wally’s November auction saw “unprecedented” bidding, according to its vice president, with an array for Champagnes sourced directly from the houses helping to realise sales of US$1.9m.